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Study: Social factors impact hospitals' readmission penalty measures

from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus via News-Medical

A team of researchers led by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member found that measures to evaluate readmission rates at children's hospitals would be more accurate if the social factors of the patients are included. The study, "Adding Social Determinant Data Changes Children's Hospitals' Readmissions Performance," published online this month by the Journal of Pediatrics, shows that social factors that are outside the hospitals' control have an effect on the risk of readmission and should be included in any rating system that considers readmission rates as part of the hospitals' compensation. more

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